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News | Jun 29, 2015

PETE WINEBRAKE QUOTED IN REPORT ON WAGE THEFT IN PENNSYLVANIA

On June 24, 2015 the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Beasley School of Law released a report titled “Shortchanged: How Wage Theft Harms Pennsylvania’s Workers and Economy.”

The report’s central finding was that wage theft in Pennsylvania harms hundreds of thousands of workers each year, and negatively affects law-abiding businesses and local economies. The report further states that in any given workweek, almost 400,000 Pennsylvania workers experience a minimum wage violation, representing between $19 million and $32 million in lost wages. To combat wage theft, the report recommends, among other things, “strengthening state and local laws, making state agency enforcement more effective, and providing support for low-wage workers.”

Attorney Pete Winebrake was interviewed by the report’s authors and quoted as follows: “[Wage theft] is rampant. Employers claim that they violate the law because they don’t understand it—that the law is confusing. It’s not. They just don’t want to pay people what they are owed—it’s a race to the bottom.”

Read the full report here.

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